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Ultimate Software: Customer Service Organization. Overhauling Customer Services: From Great to Greater with Big Business Impact. 1998 - 2005. About Ultimate Software. Ultimate Software is a leading provider of workforce management (HRMS/payroll) solutions for mid-size companies.

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Ultimate software customer service organization

Ultimate Software: Customer Service Organization

Overhauling Customer Services:

From Great to Greater with Big Business Impact

About ultimate software

1998 - 2005

About Ultimate Software

Ultimate Software is a leading provider of workforce management (HRMS/payroll) solutions for mid-size companies.

Ultimate s culture and beliefs
Ultimate’s Culture and Beliefs

  • When employees come first, customers stay happy,companies enjoy financial growth.

  • Ultimate values its workforce, takes pride in its accomplishments, fosters their continued professional growth, and encourages their ideas.

Ultimate Software’s Customer Support Team

Best practice process
Best Practice Process

The Customer Support Organization Ensures

that Customers are Happy and Satisfied

The Game Plan for Managing the ULTIMATE Customer Support Team

  • Coaching

  • Building Relationships

  • Accountability

  • Recognition

COACH customer support employees to build strong RELATIONSHIPS with customers; hold them ACCOUNTABLE for satisfaction and REWARD them for it.

Coaching and motivating
Coaching and Motivating

Customer Support is a Team Sport

  • Employees work in teams and are recognized for team accomplishments, as well as individual achievements.

  • Every employee receives a copy of Pat Riley’s book “Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players”.

  • Major league pitcher, Al Leiter, regularly comes to employee meetings and shares techniques on how to focus in high-pressure situations.

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Coaching and Motivating

  • National Customer Service Week

    • Customer Support participates in this yearly event as each day is celebrated with fun activities and team building exercises. Each team decorates its area based on a theme and are judged by a panel of Ultimate judges.

    • The last day is an awards ceremony where the CEO personally thanks each customer support employee and helps distribute financial & recognition awards.

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1998 -2005

Coaching and Motivating

Employees are encouraged to receive industry certifications

  • Rewarded with a salary increase or a bonus.

  • Within the last year, 17 employees have earned industry certifications in these areas:

    • CPP (Certified Payroll Professional)

    • PHR (Professional in Human Resource)

    • MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional)

    • MCDBA (Microsoft Certified Database Administrator)

    • CSP (Certified Support Professional)

    • CSM (Certified Support Manager)

  • Their names and the certifications are displayed on plaques.

  • 10 percent of work week can be set aside for studying.


  • Customer Support associates are entrusted with developing and maintaining customer relationships. They are empowered to make the right decisions.

  • The organization knows that they impact business results and have a critical role in designing customer relationship initiatives.

  • Instead of taking random customer calls from a queue, each representative has specific clients they are assigned to. Customers know the reps by name and have direct access to them on a daily basis by phone, email, or via support web site.

  • Named Service Representatives (NSRs) have an opportunity to meet their customers face-to-face at various user meetings throughout the year.


  • The response times to customer inquiries of NSRs are monitored by their manager.

  • The compensation (bonuses) of NSRs are tied to performance: customer satisfaction indicators, customer retention rates, and response metrics.

  • Financial and activity-based “rewards” are given both annually and throughout the year. Individuals and teams with outstanding performance are rewarded relative to achievements. Poor performances are handled through manager discussions on techniques for improvement.

Recognition and appreciation
Recognition and Appreciation

  • Customer Service Representative (CSR) Hero Award -recognizes exceptional customer support

    • Awarded during National Customer Service Week

    • Everyone in the company votes.

    • 1st place receives $500 and 2nd place receives $250

    • Money and trophy presented by CEO.

  • Employee annual and other bonuses are awarded by managers based on performance on:

    • Customer satisfaction indicators,

    • Customer retention rates, and

    • Response metrics

  • Team Helmets –

    • Each Customer Support team has a team helmet.

    • Helmet stickers are awarded when a team member receives an outstanding customer note or response.

    • Teams get a ½ day off and lunch when they receive 25 stickers on their helmet.

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Recognition and Appreciation

Every employee benefits from Ultimate’s Employee First philosophy.

  • 100% company paid employee health & dental benefits for entire family

  • Notes from CEO for birthdays, company anniversaries, and personal and professional accomplishments

  • All-expense paid department trips that include families each year (Key West, Orlando, etc)

  • Stock options for everyone

  • Lunches with CEO for new hires and employee anniversaries

  • Free weekly breakfast buffet/pizza lunches

  • 3, 5, & 10 year seniority gifts/celebrations

  • Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Periodic surprise visits from an ice cream truck that dispenses free ice cream during the workday

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Recognition and Appreciation

  • Customer Support also participates in events that are not only fun but also help build strong relationships internally.

    • Premiere movie night with development department

    • Monthly group birthday celebrations

    • Each team competes for best decorated office space during Halloween & Customer Service Week

    • Bowling competition with another department